I'm happy to report that my most recent batch of requests from NetGalley were all pretty good. None of them were spectacular, but they passed the time just fine.
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz When Tanya finds her husband's dead body, she flees instead of calling the police. She then lives off the grid and constantly changes her identity, hoping to outrun her past. I was expecting a little more excitement for this "thriller" and was dissapointed with the underwhelming ending, but it was still a well-written, interesting story that kept me reading and guessing. ★★★
A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy During the dark days of the Cuban Missile Crisis the Avery family's quiet Orlando life is threatened by nuclear war and family secrets. It was sort of like a soapy drama mixed with a history lesson and I liked both parts. It was slow paced, which sort of works for the era the author describes, but the first half of the book wasn't very compelling. ★★★
If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins Jennie is an up and coming wedding dress designer still dealing with the aftermath of her divorce all while pursing a new man. Her sister Rachel discovers her husband is cheating and finds her perfect life as mommy and wife is falling apart. It was pretty predictable, but I enjoyed the writing and shift in POV and finished it quickly. I've never read a Kristan Higgins book before, but heard this story is a bit of a departure from her usual romance novels. ★★★ 1/2
The Little Men by Megan Abbott This novella set in the '50s is about Penny, an ex-actress/current makeup artist, who rents a charming little bungalow that seems perfect until she learns about the previous tenant and sees and hears strange things in the middle of the night. Although it's not something I'd usually read, I thought the writing was great and really liked the characters. I just wished the short story wasn't so short. ★★★
Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns, Melinda Metz After bouncing around from foster home to foster home, Sarah receives a scholarship to Sanctuary Bay, an elite prep school located on a remote island. Everything seems perfect, but after her roommate goes missing, she uncovers the dark truth about the school and it's alumni. It really liked the book at first, but then it kept taking weird twists and got a little too sci-fi for me. I struggled to finish the last fifty pages. ★★
Ballpark Eats: Recipes Inspired by America’s Baseball Stadiums by Katrina Jorgensen This is technically a children's book, but I love baseball so I thought it'd be fun to check out some recipes from ball parks throughout the league. There are a few pages dedicated to each stadium with a little history and some recipes from their signature menu items. Baseball has come a long way from peanuts, hot dogs, and popcorn! There's poutine from Rogers Centre, pretzel twists from Wrigley Field, chili from Great American Ball Park, parmesan garlic popcorn from Progressive Field, a Coney dog and onion rings from Comerica Park, toasted ravioli from Busch Stadium, and sushi from Safeco Field.
I plan on making the steak sandwich from Yankee Stadium as well as the Philly cheesesteak sliders from Citizens Bank Park. I'm going to try desserts like apple pie on a stick from Target Field and sopaipillas from Chase Field. This book would be a fun gift for a baseball (or food) fan of any age! ★★★★★